Are you a hoarder or clutterer?


Are you a hoarder or clutterer?

In Emily Farber's clutter workshops and educational sessions, she offers the following questions as a way to get her audience thinking about the problems associated with cluttering and hoarding.

Even people who only answer "yes" to three of the 16 questions could have serious issues, Farber said.

Here are some questions that Farber suggests can get one thinking about hoarding and cluttering.

1. Do you have trouble throwing things away or get anxious when thinking about discarding possessions?

2. Do you have so many things that your rooms are cluttered?

3. Do you often feel an urge to buy things or acquire free things but know that you really don't need them?

4. Do you often decide to purchase or acquire items even if you know you have no space for them?

5. Do you have possessions taking up so much floor space that it is difficult to move around the room?

6. Have you ever not been able to use a piece of furniture (like a bed or couch) for its intended purpose because it is used as storage space?

7. Have you ever been so embarrassed by the number of your possessions that you did not want people to see certain rooms in your house?

8. Has your savings or acquisition of possessions resulted in financial strain for you or your family?

9. To what extent do saving behaviors interfere with your functioning?

10. How much time do you spend on tasks related to your saving behaviors each day, including thinking about your possessions?

11. Do you often feel like you need additional storage space?

12. Have you actually acquired additional storage space?

13. Have your possessions ever been damaged because of inadequate storage space?

14. How much time do you spend each day looking for objects?

15. Have you ever shoplifted as a way of acquiring things?

16. Have you ever been arrested for shoplifting?

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Posted by Tina
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 29, 2017 at 12:17 pm

Does this apply to those of us who have spent millions on houses that are barely 1800sf? I can easily answer "Yes" to three of the questions, but when I lived in my 6000sf house in the Midwest, I could keep the place immaculate because there were so many closets and so much storage space.

There does seem to be a hoarder on our street, as it's spilling out into the front porch. It doesn't seem that our city has any ordinance preventing dilapidated houses, as I have seen so many eyesores in South Palo Alto that look like crack houses. I guess the city is just waiting around for the house to be free so it can be torn down and rebuilt.

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